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Skeptics treated unfairly

Questioning and skepticism are necessary components of legitimate scientific work. Theories are presented, tested, challenged, debated and refined. This process bears results that are more credible, defensible and supported.

When it comes to climate change, isn’t it interesting that scientists and concerned citizens who question the results of government-paid scientists are having their jobs threatened and reputations ruined, while being labeled deniers?

In his May 11 column, Gary Crooks seems to suggest we should not question our government or those paid by them, or demand their work be independent and without bias. It also appears he wants us to blindly push forward with new, onerous and costly regulations.

This is not rhetoric; it’s reality. Gov. Jay Inslee is pushing – via executive order and hand-picked task force – proposals that could increase the price of gasoline, raise electricity costs, hurt employers and make housing less affordable. This, despite the fact Washington produces 0.3 percent of greenhouse gas emissions globally, and ranks second-lowest in per capita emissions among seven Western states.

Everyone should have the opportunity to question and debate the proposals brought to the Legislature without fear of being castigated for their difference of opinion. Hard-working families deserve nothing less.

Shelly Short

7th District State Representative

Addy, Wash.


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